Department of Conservation and Natural Resources http://wesa.fm en No New Gas Leases in State Parks and Forests Pending Court Decision http://wesa.fm/post/no-new-gas-leases-state-parks-and-forests-pending-court-decision <p>The Corbett administration has announced that no new natural gas leases will be issued under state parks and forest land while the case of PEDF v. Commonwealth progresses in court.</p><p>The decision is part of a settlement, which includes the continued funding of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The suit was brought by the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:13:37 +0000 Deanna Garcia 32835 at http://wesa.fm DCNR Natural Gas Advisory Committee to Discuss Development on State Forest Land http://wesa.fm/post/dcnr-natural-gas-advisory-committee-discuss-development-state-forest-land <p>An advisory committee tasked with helping the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources manage natural gas drilling on state land will meet for the third time.</p><p>The Natural Gas Advisory Committee (NGAC) will cover two major issues in its April meeting.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:50:28 +0000 Deanna Garcia 27553 at http://wesa.fm Wildfire Prevention Season in Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/wildfire-prevention-season-pennsylvania <p>April showers bring May flowers, yet April is one of the worst months for wildfires in Pennsylvania.&nbsp;</p><p>Mid-March through Mid-May is designated as fire prevention season in Pennsylvania. Terry Brady of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) said there were easily more than 100 wildfires in Pennsylvania .</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:02:22 +0000 Jess Lasky 27543 at http://wesa.fm 'First Day Hikes' Help Start Year on Healthy Foot While Highlighting State Resources http://wesa.fm/post/first-day-hikes-help-start-year-healthy-foot-while-highlighting-state-resources <p>It’s a common New Year’s resolution – to get more exercise. In hopes of jump starting those efforts, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is sponsoring free, guided hikes in 19 state parks.</p><p>“This is actually part of a nation-wide effort to get people active outdoors,” said DCNR spokeswoman Chris Novak. “Here in Pennsylvania, it’s to remind people that our state parks and forests are open year-round, including winter, and can offer great activities including not only hiking, but ice fishing, sledding, all kinds of things in the winter.”</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:35:13 +0000 Deanna Garcia 21750 at http://wesa.fm Gov. Corbett's Spending Plan Ties DCNR, DEP Budgets to Gas Drilling Revenues http://wesa.fm/post/gov-corbetts-spending-plan-ties-dcnr-dep-budgets-gas-drilling-revenues <div class="field-item even"><p>Democratic State Senators have a few problems with Governor Tom Corbett's proposed budgets for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).</p><p>First of all, State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) said DCNR's budget is too dependent on royalties garnered from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in state forest land. While $53 million of the DCNR budget comes from the state's General Fund, roughly $77 million comes from royalty fees on gas&nbsp;extraction.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:08:09 +0000 Noah Brode 2043 at http://wesa.fm